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2013 Yamaha Ray Z

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The famous Japanese two wheeler manufacturing company, Yamaha had stepped into the scooter segment in India by launching its first scooter Ray previous year. The scooter segment of India is booming day by day and with the launch of the female oriented scooter Yamaha Ray, Yamaha cemented its position in this particular segment. Ray, the scooter which was targeted towards the young females of urban India turned out to be quite successful and popular within a year among not only the young girls but also the young boys all over the country. Perhaps that is why Yamaha pulled up their sleeves to manufacture a scooter for the Y chromosomes as well and as a result the Ray Z came into existence.

However, Ray Z does not differ much from that of the existing Ray and both are being powered by the same powertrain - the air-cooled, 113cc engine that produces a maximum of 7.1PS power and 8.1Nm torque now gets roller type rocker arms and low friction oil seals to reduce frictional losses thereby improving efficiency. Ray Z comes with exterior changes rather than any interior up gradation if compared to Ray and it comes with a price of Rs. 48, 555 (Ex showroom Delhi). A detail of this jazzy male scooter from Yamaha is given below.

Source: Yamaha Ray Z

Styling

Yamaha Ray Z

Ray was built on the concept of a "Stylish-design scooter" which also adorns strong feminist character in itself; on the other hand, the new Ray Z sheds strong masculine characters which are enough to please the diehard male fans of Yamaha. Yamaha Ray Z has been launched in three different color combinations – Red and Black, White and Black and Black, apart from the changes in the color, the scooter uses the same body structure of Ray which carries sharp lines. Yamaha has designed Ray Z with smart and trendy decals and it is assumed that the checkered pattern towards the lower end of the seat at the rear is inspired from MotoGP. The sporty look of this scooter has been further enhanced due to the stylish meter visor that has been provided a smoked finish which turns the design as fresh and new. A lot of other cosmetic changes includes the sports car cockpit themed instrument panel that uses the carbon pattern in the background; the long and comfortable seat that comes with a new carbon fiber patterned cover, the rear grab bar looks different due to its unique wing-like design. The ‘V-shaped’ headlamp with turn indicators integrated gives the scooter a jewel-look. Adorned with the ‘Z’ sticker all over its body, Yamaha Ray Z looks cool and an ideal scooter to be owned by the young male commuters.
The overall dimension of the scooter has been provided below:

OVERALL LENGTH1835mm
OVERALL WIDTH 675mm
OVERALL HEIGHT1090 mm
WHEELBASE1270 mm
GROUND CLEARANCE128mm (min)
SEAT HEIGHT760mm
KERB WEIGHT104mm
TYRE SIZE (Front/Rear)90/100-10 53J(Tube type)

Engine

Yamaha Ray Z

Yamaha Ray Z comes with the powerful 113cc, air cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve with CVT engine that produces a maximum power of 7.1Ps at the rate of 7500rm and a maximum torque of 8.1Nm at the rate of 5000rpm similar to the Ray. This powerful engine has proven its reliability in use in the markets of the ASEAN countries. The engine comes fitted with a BS type carburetor with a throttle position sensor (TPS) function. The combination with the settings of the CVT, it helps in the smooth start-up acceleration and lively passing acceleration, excellent fuel efficiency and good emissions.

The engine now have got the roller type rocker arms and low friction oil seals too, which does the job of reducing frictional losses and improves efficiency in the performance. This scooter responds quickly with the slight twist of the throttle and reaches a 70km mark with ease but if one tries to push it hard then the lack of power could be felt. The peppy engine with some of these tiny new additions does not give a performance which is different from its sibling Ray; also the company claims that this scooter will return a mileage of 53kmpl which is impressive.

Handling

Yamaha Ray Z

Yamaha Ray Z comes with the telescopic type front fork suspension that ensures quick handling and running so due to the bigger suspension stroke, over the rough roads, Ray Z performs with an assured feeling of stability. The front and rear gets the drum brakes of 130mm diameter each. This braking system of Yamaha Ray Z makes it easier for the rider to glide through the city traffic easily though the disc brakes are the preferable choice nowadays. Ray Z has an upright seating position and well cushioned seats. Overall the Ray Z is an automatic scooter which is fun to ride around in city traffic.

Pricing

Yamaha Ray Z has been priced at Rs. 48, 555 (Ex Showroom Delhi).

The Ray Z comes in the following three sporty shades:

- Black Thunder
- Pristine White
- Regal Red

Competition

There are many scooters in the market segment from which Yamaha Ray Z faces competition but Honda Dio stands up as a tough competitor against the new scooter.

Honda Dio

Honda Dio, the bold and trendy scooter from Honda’s stable is not exactly biased towards any specific gender but then it’s stylish looks certainly attracts more youths towards itself. Recently Honda has upgraded the engine of Dio with the latest HET (Honda Eco Technology) due to which this scooter gives a promising mileage not less than 60kmpl. This move by Honda has truly stirred the scooter segment of India; however, Ray Z too is quite efficient in terms of performance on the road. Apart from performance criteria, Ray Z stays quite ahead of Dio in terms of appearance and style and it is believed that Ray Z being a sporty looking scooter, its greater price than Honda Dio too would lure the consumers towards itself. A brief detail of the engines of both the scooters are given below:

EngineDisplacementMaximum PowerMaximum Torque
Yamaha Ray Z Air cooled, 4-stroke,SOHC,2valve113cc7.1PS/7500rpm8.1Nm/5000rpm
Honda Dio4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, OHC 109cc8bhp/7500rpm8.4Nm/5000rpm

Conclusion

Yamaha Ray Z

The popular and stylish two wheeler manufacturing company Yamaha has once again won the hearts of the two-wheeler enthusiasts of the country by launching yet another aggressive and sporty scooter Ray Z, second scooter by the company so far. Ray being the first scooter aimed towards the females of the country attracted so many youths that the company launched another scooter only for the male consumers within a year! The most admirable move by the company is that they have divided Ray Z into two parts – Ray SZ-RR which is meant for the youngsters due to its sporty styling and Ray SZ-S which is meant for any of the family members due to its simple, calm and composed design. It is clear that with only two scooters Yamaha is set on the minds of the customers already and it is yet to be seen how the company maintains its position in such a competitive segment, as for now, Yamaha Ray Z definitely a crowd-puller due to its sporty looks and great performance.

Quote

“So with the Ray catering to the fairer sex, and now the Ray Z for the gentlemen, what next? A powerful scooter for the enthusiasts?” –Topgear India

“The Yamaha Ray as we said in our tests is an able scooter and even won OVERDRIVE’s scooter of the year award this year. The Ray Z thus should make for a great choice for youngsters keen on buying a smart looking, fun to ride automatic scooter. The Ray Z is priced competitively at Rs 48,555 ex-showroom which makes it an ideal choice given the package it offers.” - Overdrive

LOVE IT
    - Amazing looks.- Engine performance.- The scooter returns a decent mileage.
LEAVE IT
    - No disk brakes are present.- Area of the footboard is small.

Press Release

Yamaha Ray Z

Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd. announced the launch of its second scooter offering for the Indian market – “RAY Z” in Goa today. This model is developed to target young male users in the age group of 16-22 years with its concept of “Aggressive Sporty Design.” It keeps the same basic performance of the “RAY” model released in September 2012 while giving it a sporty look and feel with 1) a smoked-finish visor for a motorcycle-like image, 2) aluminum rear wing-shaped tandem rider grab-bars, 3) a new instrument panel with a carbon fiber patterned background, 4) a carbon fiber patterned seat cover material, and 5) dynamic coloring and graphics. The new model adopts the same air-cooled 4-stroke 113cc engine with CVT (Continuous variable transmission) that delivers smooth start-up acceleration and good pickup along with great fuel economy.

India’s motorcycle market surpassed China’s in 2012 to become the world’s largest with an annual demand of approximately 14 million units (SIAM data), with a more rapid expansion witnessed in the scooter category in recent years. Partly in response to the growth in demand for scooters from an increasing number of women turning to them for personal mobility in India today, Yamaha developed the RAY to target young women. Since its release last year, its signature compact size and ease of use has made the RAY quite popular, resulting in sales of about 70,000 units as of the end of April 2013. In India, where market growth is expected to continue, the release of the new RAY Z specifically targeting male users gives Yamaha a stronger scooter lineup to expand and increase sales.

The occasion was marked by Mr. Hiroyuki Yanagi, President and CEO, Yamaha Motor Co., Japan who took the opportunity to announce and explain the new brand slogan “Revs your Heart”. Yamaha’s new brand statement "Empowered by a passion for innovation, we create exceptional value and experiences that enrich the lives of our customers." defines the commitment behind this new slogan.

Explaining the concept further, Mr. Yanagi said, “With this new brand slogan and brand statement as a guide, the entire Yamaha Motor Group will work together to make advancements in craftsmanship and marketing that are uniquely Yamaha, and provide Kando (simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement) that exceeds the expectations of our customers across the globe.”

The company also took the opportunity to introduce two new model variations in the Yamaha SZ sport model series named the “SZ-RR” and “SZ-S.” The SZ-RR is defined by the sporty styling and look of quality in its exterior design with special features like its smoked windscreen, aluminum grab-bars and 3D “SZ” emblem. The SZ-S features a simpler design in the fuel tank that creates a calmer, more composed impression that will also be appreciated by all members of a family.



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